LINLEY & SIMPSON FOCUSES ON HELPING THE HOMELESS IN SPA TOWN

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THE plight of homeless people living in a spa town perceived by many to be among the UK's most upmarket is poised to come into sharp focus - thanks to Yorkshire's largest residential letting specialists.

Linley & Simpson is sponsoring a photo exhibition which gives a rare insight into the day-to-day life of the Harrogate Homeless Project and the people who use its hostel and day facilities.

Entitled "One Step Away" - reflecting that homelessness can happen to anyone, anywhere, and anytime - the exhibition features the work of local photojournalist Jude Palmer, who was given exclusive access by the charity for 12 months.

Linley & Simpson support the homeless

Will Linley, Director of Linley & Simpson, whose eight-branch network includes an office on Albert Street in the town, said: "As a business at the heart of the community, we welcome any initiative that helps homeless people.

"We already support several homeless charities through the Estate Agency Foundation. Staff members have even chosen to spend nights on the streets of Leeds themselves as part of a project to increase their ownunderstanding of the problem and what can be done to ease it.

"Jude's exhibition dispels many of the myths about homelessness - her striking images showing that it can happen to people from all walks of life and for many different reasons. And people living in Harrogate can be just as vulnerable as other areas."

Jude said: "I wanted to show that being homeless is not something reserved for alcoholics, drug users or any other preconceived idea of what a homeless person is. It really can happen to anyone perhaps through a relationship breakdown, job loss or any other life event.

"That is what I have tried to capture in my images - the faces of people who deal with those things every day and who face the monumental task of getting their lives back together.

Sean O'Carroll will be the supporting photographer and, as he was once homeless, he offers his own insight from both sides of the lens.

He added:"The Harrogate Homeless Project gave me the time, help and space I needed and gave me the opportunity to rediscover photography. My ambition is to make my living through this medium."

Linley & Simpson's seven other Yorkshire offices are in Wetherby, York, Ilkley, Wakefield and three in Leeds.

The exhibition is being held December 9 and 10 in the former Noa Noa shop (opposite Queen Victoria's Monument) Station Parade between 10am and 3pm before moving to Harrogate Library for two weeks fromJanuary 23 2012.


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